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A first for me and my writing… December 11, 2010

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I just wrote my first sex scene… for a novel. I’ve written a few before, but never in any novel that I have written.

I don’t usually write sex scenes. I don’t think I’m that good at writing them, not so confident with them I suppose. I think if someone read a sex scene, they would then reflect that back against the author and think – did he do that? Is that what he is like? Has he done these things before?

However, I wrote a sex scene. And I quite like it. It actually fitted in with my story, and was quite twisted and right for the characters involved. You hear about actors and nudity and they say if it fits the role then they would do it. Well, I’ve written 4 and a 3/4 books in this series, and there has been some romance, and a little bit of raunch, but no sex scenes. But this felt right for the situation. It was dark and twisted, and awesome to write.

And then I wonder – do people who normally write erotica, do they have a certain place they write it? A certain frame of mind they need to be in? Need to be wearing a certain item of clothing?

I wrote my sex scene in the food court where I work. In the twenty minutes before work, and then the half hour of my lunch break. Hardly the time or place to get into the mood, I must say. And THEN! I had to go back into the office and hope no one asked me what I was writing that day! That could have been awkward. And amusing at the same time – fight scene, sex scene, fight scene. 🙂

I have written just over 7 and a half thousand words since the end of November. I know I slow down after Nanowrimo, and I have other commitments. Christmas, birthdays, editing of other work. So I didnt expect to have a rip-snorting word count post Nanowrimo, so thats okay. The book seems to be heading towards 100k though. For a first draft, that impresses even me.

Right. Saturday morning, I have an hour and a half before I must go be a referee. So I shall write now.

December 1st. The day after Nanowrimo December 1, 2010

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… and I haven’t finished the novel. Oh well. I can see ‘The End’ in sight, I’m just coasting along to it now.

I finished National Novel Month with 75 769 words, according to their validator. I had seven words less, so who knows. I’ll take their word for it. I cracked 50k real quickly, but the momentum did not last for 100k. Maybe one day I’ll hit that many words. Although, I wouldn’t write 100k words just for writing’s sake. If the story did not reach that many words, then I wouldn’t write it.

Case in point, last year I had written nearly 85k words, but decided the last bit I had tacked on didn’t fit and would make a better entrance for the next book, so cut the word count back to just under 80k There were gasps from people, since there are always Word Wars going on, Saskatoon, Nashville, Sydney, ALL of New Zealand. But, for the good of my story, I cut the words, and it felt good.

So this year, I had work drama, Metallica concert, a Roller Derby Grand Final (awesome), basketball, both playing and reffing, all taking time away from the writing. But, I did my normal trick of writing on the EEE PC on the train, and at lunchtime, and it worked.

Am I happy with the novel? Not as much as I would like. I had a vision of high drama and epic space battles. But I don’t think I got that. It felt flat around the middle, and the end I have started seems, even to me, to be a bit ridiculous. So, I am taking out a chunk of text and stuff, and am going to literally drop some of my characters, from sub-orbital heights – onto a house. Why not?

November went past far too quickly. I enjoy November. Ah well. SOon to have a new novel, rough and ready and in need of a HARD edit.

The end…. ?